Concurrency in Dependable Computing / Edition 1

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Concurrency in Dependable Computing focuses on concurrency related issues in the area of dependable computing. Failures of system components, be hardware units or software modules, can be viewed as undesirable events occurring concurrently with a set of normal system events. Achieving dependability therefore is closely related to, and also benefits from, concurrency theory and formalisms. This beneficial relationship appears to manifest into three strands of work.
Application level structuring of concurrent activities. Concepts such as atomic actions, conversations, exception handling, view synchrony, etc., are useful in structuring concurrent activities so as to facilitate attempts at coping with the effects of component failures.
Replication induced concurrency management. Replication is a widely used technique for achieving reliability. Replica management essentially involves ensuring that replicas perceive concurrent events identically.
Application of concurrency formalisms for dependability assurance. Fault-tolerant algorithms are harder to verify than their fault-free counterparts due to the fact that the impact of component faults at each state need to be considered in addition to valid state transitions. CSP, Petri nets, CCS are useful tools to specify and verify fault-tolerant designs and prools.
Concurrency in Dependable Computing explores many significant issues in all three strands. To this end, it is composed as a collection of papers written by authors well-known in their respective areas of research. To ensure quality, the papers are reviewed by a panel of at least three experts in the relevant area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402070433
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/31/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Role of Modelling and Formalisms for Dependable System Design
1 Compositional Development in the Event of Interface Difference 3
2 Model-Based Design of Dependability 23
3 TLA Specification of a Mechanism for Concurrent Exception Handling 41
4 Component Based Dependable System Modelling for Easier Verification 61
Pt. II Application Specific Modelling for Dependable Design and Analysis
5 Digging into Concurrency 87
6 Deadlock Free Control in Automated Guided Vehicle Systems 105
7 Quality Analysis of Dependable Information Systems 127
Pt. III Event Ordering and its Application
8 Fault-Tolerant Sequencer 149
9 QoS Analysis of Group Communication Protocols in Wireless Environment 169
10 Semantically Reliable Broadcast 189
11 Exception Handling in Timed Asynchronous Systems 209
Pt. IV Transactions and Consistent Checkpointing
12 A Recovery Model for Cooperative Computations 231
13 Group Transactions 253
14 Checkpointing in Distributed Computing Systems 273
Pt. V Concurrency in Real-Time Applications
15 Concurrency in Dependable Real-Time Objects 293
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